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Comment: Why all of a sudden? (Score 2, Insightful) 261

by Latentius (#44978903) Attached to: Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

Not to be insensitive to people with vestibular disorders, but why is this the first I'm hearing about this? OSes from Windows to OSX to Linux to Android, etc. etc., have employed various zooming/sliding/wobbling/parallax animations for years now. I've only played with iOS 7 that smallest bit, but is it really so different from everything else that's it's causing a sudden wave of heretofore unseen motion sickness?

Power

Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America 89

Posted by samzenpus
from the guided-by-the-light dept.
First time accepted submitter markboyer writes "The Solar Impulse just landed at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California to announce a journey that will take it from San Francisco to New York without using a single drop of fuel. The 'Across America' tour will kick off this May when founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg take off from San Francisco. From there the plane will visit four cities across the states before landing in New York."
Power

Laser Fusion's Brightest Hope 115

Posted by samzenpus
from the coming-together dept.
First time accepted submitter szotz writes "The National Ignition Facility has one foot in national defense and another in the future of commercial energy generation. That makes understanding the basic justification for the facility, which boasts the world's most powerful laser system, more than a little tricky. This article in IEEE Spectrum looks at NIF's recent missed deadline, what scientists think it will take for the facility to live up to its middle name, and all of the controversy and uncertainty that comes from a project that aspires to jumpstart commercial fusion energy but that also does a lot of classified work. NIF's national defense work is often glossed over in the press. This article pulls in some more detail and, in some cases, some very serious criticism. Physicist Richard Garwin, one of the designers of the hydrogen bomb, doesn't mince words. When it comes to nuclear weapons, he says in the article, '[NIF] has no relevance at all to primaries. It doesn't do a good job of mimicking secondaries...it validates the codes in regions that are not relevant to nuclear weapons.'"
GNOME

GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the extend-freely dept.
Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."

Comment: Re:More facetime (Score 4, Insightful) 1145

by Latentius (#43241533) Attached to: SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

First off, the jokes (as described) were juvenile, but in no way misogynistic.

Second, you're creating a false dichotomy for her choices. Richards also had the option to privately go to the event's organizers and present her complaint. Instead, she decided to publicly shame these guys for a stupid joke, resulting in getting one of them fired. She most certainly overreacted as well, making a move that belongs every bit as much to the confines of a high school as did the jokes by the two men.

Comment: Re:sweet, self powered store (Score 2) 186

by Latentius (#43198575) Attached to: Walgreens To Build First Self-Powered Retail Store

It all depends on where you live. CVS isn't located everywhere, for one thing. The Walgreens near where I used to live was always fairly well-stocked, and there was almost always one of those much closer to people than going to a full grocery store.

They serve a purpose, even if it's a limited one.

Comment: SolidWorks (Score 2) 218

by Latentius (#43193419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best 3-D Design Software?

I'm not a complete CAD junkie or anything, but I've used ProE, SolidWorks, and even CATIA. If I wanted to just design something for fun, I'd probably reach for SolidWorks first. It's really powerful, but also really intuitive and easy to use (at least the more recent versions).

I've heard a lot of good things about Rhino, too (and many others have called it out here), but I haven't used it personally, so I can't compare it to the others above.

Comment: Re:AutoCAD and CATIA are great (Score 1) 218

by Latentius (#43193371) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best 3-D Design Software?

CATIA? Really?

Sure, it's nice if you need to use it in an industrialized setting, and have assemblies with thousands of components. But as for designing small objects for personal manufacture? All I can say about using CATIA for model creation is that it leaves me sorely wishing for SolidWorks (which is funny, since they're now owned by the same company).

Comment: Re:Well, it was nice while it lasted (Score 1) 284

by Latentius (#42782143) Attached to: Next-Gen Console Wars Will Soon Begin In Earnest

Well, I didn't really want to get into the topic of innovation, even though I briefly touched on it with point one. There are definitely copious amounts of copy & paste going on over at Nintendo, but they still manage to pull out some pretty nifty new mechanics now and then. I still remember the transition to 3D for Mario and Zelda. It may seem mundane now, but it was a huge task to make that transition without royally screwing everything up. The storylines may be the same tired old basic tales, but Nintendo does try to freshen things up from time to time. I don't think there's any real argument against claiming that a game like Skyward Sword is much more "new" and "innovative" compared to the original Legend of Zelda than the latest Call of Duty to the original.

But really, I just wanted to point out that the number of games in a franchise alone doesn't mean much without the context of time.

Comment: Re:Well, it was nice while it lasted (Score 4, Insightful) 284

by Latentius (#42772633) Attached to: Next-Gen Console Wars Will Soon Begin In Earnest

While the number of games alone certainly does seem to support your point, there are a few things to keep in mind. One, would be how different are these games from one another (in any way you care to compare games)? Another, you have to keep in mind the lifespan of these games. Yes, there are 18 Super Mario games, but they're also spread out over 30 years, which isn't all that different from 9 CoD games over 10 years. It's just that the Nintendo series have been around for longer. Given a few more decades, the other game developers are sure to milk their franchises for all they're worth.

Though, I hardly see how this is even really relevant. New people are continually being introduced to gaming, and even of those who've been gamers for decades, if a particular series continues to be fun to play, who cares if there are 20 previous games in the series?

Comment: Re:We need gas control! (Score 0) 1591

by Latentius (#42615949) Attached to: New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

That's quite a long post, so I won't respond point-by-point, but I'd say we're generally in greater agreement than either of us probably would've imagined at first.

I see your point about magazine capacity, and I honestly don't have a good answer. Personally, I wouldn't be bothered by eliminating magazines altogether. The problem there is that I wouldn't dare suggest such a thing to a gun enthusiast, given the amount of pushback there is simply over limiting high capacity magazines. Suggesting limiting them altogether? Man, get ready for a shit storm.

As for mental health initiatives, I'm all for that. But again, there are issues. Most obviously, there's the issue of paying for all this, and it's never been popular with a good portion of the country to have any sort of "socialized care," or viewing such mandatory evaluations as an invasion of privacy. I wish those weren't issues, because regular checkups for everyone would have a huge benefit.

I agree with getting rid of bullshit regulations (like barrel length, which you mentioned), and at the same time, I would like to see the agencies responsible not have their hands cuffed when it comes to enforcing the laws that most can agree on (hate to be "that guy," but Jon Stewart really nailed the issue last night as to how the ATF has been castrated).

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